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There is a curious sign outside of the theater where Suzan-Lori Parks’s play Venus is playing that says the production contains “simulated nudity,” and this is explained right away when Zainab Jah makes her entrance and dons a body suit that gives her the curves of the historical personage she is playing, Saartjie Baartman, a South African girl who was exhibited as “The Venus Hottentot” in the early nineteenth century. Venus is a mid-period work...
Telling a successful actor that you’ve gone 99.9 percent of your life without seeing her best-known film is probably not a good idea. But I’ve only been sitting across from Anna Chlumsky for about two minutes when I relay that message. “God bless you!” she responds quickly, with cheer in her voice. “I love you for that!”   It’s an irregularity, for sure, that a person would not know Chlumsky first from My Girl. But...
When I first started going to concerts, I would leave with half of the show comfortably saved to my phone. According to a new patent that Apple registered for this week, those days might be behind me for good. The patent, which was filed on 6/28, is for a new technology that will disable recording at shows. Now, when your hand creeps to your pocket as your favorite verse is being played, venues could...
Last Friday afternoon, in a cozy hideaway in Carroll Gardens, I attended a writing session for a comedy song. I’d been invited by Emily McKenna Winter, Janet Manley, and John Payne, the trio behind BackFat Variety, a free monthly comedy show at 61 Local in Cobble Hill that will celebrate its second birthday at the next show, on October 21. The rehearsal was for a song about Brooklyn gentrification to the tune of “The...

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